NFL Players Kneel For National Anthem, Stand For ‘God Save The Queen’
President Trump Doubles Down On Kneelers
A record number of NFL players are kneeling for the National Anthem on Sunday, then all of the kneelers who were playing in England stood for ‘God Save The Queen.’
The Oakland A’s Bruce Maxwell became the first Major League Baseball player to take a knee during the national anthem on Saturday, extending the NFL-led anti-police protests to baseball.
Maxwell is a rookie catcher and son of an Army veteran.
“My decision has been coming for a long time,” said Maxwell after the game.”I know I was on the fence for a long time because I know no one in baseball has ever done it. I finally got to the point where I thought the inequality of man is being discussed, and it’s being practiced from our president.”
“The point of my kneeling is not to disrespect our military, it’s not to disrespect our Constitution, it’s not to disrespect this country,” Maxwell said after doing those very things.
“My hand over my heart symbolizes the fact that I am and I’ll forever be an American citizen, and I’m more than grateful to be here. But my kneeling is what is getting the attention because I’m kneeling for the people that don’t have a voice.”
“And this goes beyond the black community, and this goes beyond the Hispanic community, because right now we’re having an indifference and a racial divide in all types of people,” Maxwell continued.
“It’s being practiced from the highest power that we have in this country, and it’s basically saying that it’s OK to treat people differently. My kneeling, the way I did it, was to symbolize that I’m kneeling for a cause, but I’m in no way or form disrespecting my country or my flag.”
More than a dozen Baltimore Ravens and Jacksonville Jaguars took a knee during the U.S. national anthem played early Sunday in England. The Jaguars were joined by their owner, Shad Khan, who supported Donald Trump for president. The players then stood for Britain’s ‘God Save The Queen.’
Many athletes have complained about President Trump’s speech Friday night in Alabama when he said owners should fire players who disrespect the national anthem. Trump referred to a player who kneels as “son on a bitch.”
Despite the outrage from some athletes, Trump doubled down on his statements Sunday morning.
“If NFL fans refuse to go to games until players stop disrespecting our Flag & Country, you will see change take place fast,” the president tweeted. “Fire or suspend!”
Trump followed that with another tweet that read: “… NFL attendance and ratings are WAY DOWN. Boring games yes, but many stay away because they love our country. League should back U.S.”